"Doing nothing was not an option."

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, on her support for the tax cut compromise that passed Congress. Tsongas had campaigned against extending the cuts for the wealthy.

"I said, 'How bad?' They said, 'Bad.'"

Michel Asmar on hearing from police that his family business, Shadi's Restaurant & Lounge in Methuen, was on fire.

"She is a bottom-feeder, a strict low-life."

Methuen Charter Commissioner Jack Cronin on fellow Commissioner Dorothy Kalil, who had written a letter to the editor critical of Cronin.

"This is classic, classic Methuen politics. If he thinks he's bothering me, he better think again."

Charter Commissioner Dorothy Kalil on fellow Commissioner Jack Cronin, who has called for her censure over a letter to the editor.

"Nobody's open. I don't blame them."

Frank DiBenedetto, as he shoveled off the sidewalk in front of Mal's Barber Shop in North Andover following last week's blizzard.

"There were hardly any cars on the road. That helped. We were able to get the snow off the roads easier."

Tim Willett, operations manager for the North Andover Department of Public Works, said his crews were helped with the cleanup by the state of emergency declared by Gov. Deval Patrick.

"It is a shame. This is the Christmas season, a time of giving and sharing and caring, not a time for stealing."

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce President James Jajuga on the theft of a 7-foot-tall gingerbread man decoration from a downtown park.

"Usually, there's a fire because someone did something wrong. They put stuff too close to the stove or improperly vented it. Stoves are all actually safe, whether a wood stove or pellet stove. The human error is the biggest thing that causes a fire with any kind of stove."

Michael Scott, Derry Fire Department's director of fire prevention, urging people to use caution with pellet stoves. A pellet stove is believed to have caused a fire on 12 Eastman Drive. The fire is still under investigation.

"It wouldn't be what he would have written."

Jane (Donahue) Murphy, who graduated from Haverhill High in the same class as "Archie" creator Bob Montana, on the turn toward real life issues in recent editions of the comic.

"Even after all of us are gone, they will be there for people to see the sacrifices."

Russell Currier Sr. on the inclusion of a photo of his grandson 21-year-old Marine Pfc. Eric Currier, who was killed by sniper fire in Afghanistan, in a new Wall of Honor in Methuen City Hall.

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